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Biographical entry Parker, Charles Lewes (1810 - 1848)

MRCS Sept 12th 1834; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; BA Oxon 1831; MA 1835.

19 December 1848
General surgeon


The second son of Joseph Parker, the bookseller, of St Michael's, Oxford. He matriculated at Wadham College on Dec 8th, 1827, in which year he attended the lectures of Dr C G B Daubeny (1795-1867), took a pass degree in 1831, and is remarkable as being the first Oxford graduate among the Fellows and the first member of the University to be elected Surgeon to the Radcliffe Infirmary.

After studying in London he settled in practice at Oxford, where his father allowed him £750 to buy a house and £4,400 for the purchase price of his partnership. He was elected Surgeon to the Radcliffe Infirmary on Jan 27th, 1836, receiving 152 votes as against 51 votes cast for his competitor, William Fisher. He treated Dr Routh, President of Magdalen, when he was bitten by his gardener in a fit of madness.

He died on Dec 19th, 1848, at his residence in St Aldate's, leaving a wife, five sons, and two daughters. His surgical instruments were presented by his father to the Radcliffe Infirmary. Parker seems to have had considerable skill as a surgeon, and his opinion was always valued. He was instrumental in bringing about improved sanitary conditions in the wards of the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Gibson's The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, 1926, 168, 204, 205].

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